OISA demands Class II and I status

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 5 (UNI) Orissa Information Service Association (OISA) today demanded Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to upgrade the Posts of the Sub-divisional and District Information and Public Relations Officers to Class -II and Class-I level respectively.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister, OISA President P K Singh and General Secretary L Mohapatra said the status of Orissa Information Service had remained unchanged during the last six decades.

They said the officers placed at Sub-divisional level were enjoying the status of senior clerk and the officers in the district level were in Class-II rank since the post-independence era and urged the chief minister to upgrade their posts.

The Association also demanded the chief minister to create 17 new posts of Information Officers in the state headquarters in view of the rise in number of departments.

They said in 1974 seven posts of Information Officers were created to meet the requirement of seven cabinet ministers with 14 departments. Though the number of departments had now increased from 14 to 37, the number of Information Officers remained the same.

The Association also demanded for permanent posting of a Director in the rank of Additional Secretary and filling up of all posts of Sub Divisional Information and Public Relations Officers lying vacant through Orissa Public Service Commission.

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